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Workshop Paper / Transport

8th Florence Rail Forum Summary – Rail Infrastructure and Rolling Stock: investments, asset renewal and regulation

Author(s): FINGER Matthias, BERT Nadia, KUPFER David

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ABSTRACT

The present document summarises the content of the presentations delivered during the 8th Florence Rail Forum, offering short summaries of each presentation, and illustrating the main points made and matters treated.

Presentations were delivered by representatives of different types of stakeholders, who reacted to the following initial questions:

  • Infrastructure. European and national regulation: which are the regulatory obstacles for more investment in infrastructure maintenance and modernisation?
  • Infrastructure. How to overcome the investment gap? Best practices and possible solutions?
  • Rolling-stock. Are railway operators limited in their business approach? Did the shrinking public funding and the presence of new rail operators impact on innovation?
  • Rolling-stock. How does current and planned European regulation influence asset renewal, investment and innovation in rolling-stock?